I posted a message a few months ago about my brother wanting a video editing machine. I've done a fair amount of research and have come up with three machines:
PMG5 1.6GHz 256Mb/80Gb/SD
512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM DIMM
Apple Cinema 23" HD Display
Lacie 250Gb Porsche FW Drive
Final Cut Pro HD
Matrox RT.X100 XTREME Pro Suite
Lian Li PC-60 USB Case with 420Watt PS
Pentium 4 - 3.2GHZ 800FSB CPU
Asus P4P800-Deluxe Motherboard
Sony Floppy Disk Drive
Sony 16X DVD Rom Drive
Pioneer A07 DVD Burner Kit
1GB PC-3200 DDR RAM
Matrox G550 Dual Display Card
80GB 7,200RPM Hard Drive (system)
160GB 7,200RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive (AV Drive)
Microsoft Wheel Optical Mouse
LG 17" LCD Monitor
Microsoft Windows XP Pro
SoundBlaster Live DE5.1
Avid Xpress DV
Dell Precision Workstation 650 with 2.8GHz or higher Intel® XeonTM dual processor
NVIDIA® Quadro4® 980XGL graphics card
40 GB or larger IDE boot drive
1 GB memory
ATTO 3300 and 3305 Fibre Channel host adapters.
Alacritech® Gb Ethernet card
ATTO UL3D SCSI controller
Now the big question...! Which one? Or, maybe I've missed a product? What do YOU suggest? I'm trying to create a low-cost pro-system here - not a very easy thing to do! I'm open minded - or more to the point, my brothers open minded. He's happy to use Premiere, Avid or FCP. Software is not so much the issue. Finding the right hardware for the job is the hard part - as I'm sure you guys have found out!
I'm in Melbourne, Australia and have sent quote requests out in all directions. Prices vary dramatically!
What do you think? Comments, suggestions, etc. not welcome - they're NEEDED!
Thanks guys (and girls!!!)...